Piñatas are a fun activity for birthdays, celebrations and family reunions and because they’re made with paper Mache paste and newspaper strips they’re inexpensive to make though can be expensive to fill. You can make your own piñata or buy one in any shape or design that will add to your party’s theme.
Traditionally, to play the piñata game,you blindfold the first child in line and turn them around three times, and give them a wooden stick so they can swing at and if lucky, hit the piñata.
Piñata Fun with Dice
At a recent family reunion we did a fun variation of smashing the piñata by using a large dice made from a square box. Each child rolled the “dice” to determine how many swings with a stick they would have at the piñata. If they roll a four they try to hit the piñata 4 times.
HINT: When planning to use a piñata as one of your activities be sure to have a plan for how you will hang it up- tree, a beam if inside or 2 adults could hold a rope or a pole with the piñata hanging in the middle. For safety’s sake keep everyone away from the person swinging at the piñata.
”Pull” piñatas are perfect for small children or for times when sticks may not be appropriate. Fill them with treats as you would a classic piñata and instead of hitting it with a stick just choose a ribbon and pull to release the trapdoor and the treats.
One of the most clever ideas I’ve seen on Pinterest recently is a piñata cake. No smashing involved with this piñata but you will find plenty of treats inside. Below are some quick instructions but for more detailed information click on the photo below- they’re the real experts.
A piñata cake is simple to make- just make a 3 layer, round cake. Leave two of the layers intact for the top and the bottom. Frost the bottom layer.
For the third layer, the middle layer, cut the center out and place the remaining ring on top of the bottom layer. Fill the center of the cake with small, unwrapped candies such as M and M’s or Skittles. Make sure you fill the cavity to the top with candy. Frost this layer then top with the remaining cake layer.
Frost and decorate the cake as desired.
If you haven’t already, don’t forget to read about “HUMAN” piñatas. Just follow the link below to read about all the crazy fun!